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Abraham Martin (c. 1744–1811)

Abraham Martin was found guilty on 13 March 1786 at New Sarum (Salisbury, Wiltshire) of stealing an iron gate and fence, valued at 70 shillings, belonging to a dwelling house. Sentenced to seven years transportation he was sent to the Dunkirk hulk and dispatched to the Charlotte in March 1787, arriving in Sydney in January 1788 as part of the First Fleet.

Martin may have been the convict of that name (or it may have been James Martin (1760- ) who, on 7th March 1789, with six other convicts, received 150 lashes and was ordered to wear a leg iron for a year after leaving the brick kiln where they were working to march to "Botany Bay... to attack the natives and to plunder them of their fishing-tackle and spears".

Martin married Elizabeth Allen in 1792 and two years later was granted 30 acres in Prospect Hill. By 1800 he was living with Mary Edwards; they had one daughter, Susannah, in 1800. In 1806 his occupation was recorded as charcoal burner.

Abraham Martin was buried on 11 May 1811 in Sydney.

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c. 1744
Wiltshire, England


10 May, 1811 (aged ~ 67)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Crime: theft
Sentence: 7 years
Court: Wiltshire
Trial Date: 11 March 1786


Children: Yes (1)